Fire Island Hosts 10th Annual Seashore Snapper Derby
The 10th Annual Seashore Snapper Derby wrapped earlier this month, offering some friendly competition amongst Fire Island kids aged 7-14 years old and their parents or caregivers. All levels of fishing were welcomed, from those who were fishing for the first time to experienced fishers.
It was a day full of fun, family and friends that lasted from morning to mid-afternoon. The objective was for the kids to catch the largest fish for their corresponding age group. Winner of the 12-14 year old age group was 13-year-old Dylan Horn from East Patchogue, who caught a 9 3/4-inch snapper.
One of the event organizers, Pat Riley, told Newsday that the competition is “meant to be fun and learning at the same time. Snappers are easy to catch, so the kids really get into it.”
The Seashore Snapper Derby is a free event with unlimited spots for fishing, put on each year by the Fire Island National Seashore. It took place at the Watch Hill Visitor Center on Fire Island National Seashore, accessible by ferry from the Patchogue Ferry Terminal, by foot or private boat.
Fire Island’s Watch Hill is located on the western edge of the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dune Wilderness, directly across the Great South Bay from Patchogue.
After taking the Fire Island ferry over, we invite you to visit William J. Newman Realty. We have serviced Fire Island’s western communities since 1969 and offer the experience and professionalism to meet all real estate needs for people who want to take the Fire Island ferries over and stay on the Island for a few days or for the entire summer! We specialize in rentals from Fair Harbor to Dunewood, Lonelyville, and Saltaire.